2. Sergio Leone: Renault 18 DieselA little known fact of movie trivia is that acclaimed director Sergio Leone’s (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) last production was a car commercial for Renault 18, a French station wagon. Reuniting Leone with his longtime composer Ennio Morricone, the spot was one of many the director did for European television throughout his career.3. Martin Scorsese: Dolce & GabbanaFeaturing a trio of stars (Scorsese, Matthew McConaughey, and Scarlett Johansson), the short film spot Street of Dreams was made for the luxury Italian fashion company Dolce & Gabanna. The film is a high-concept Italian neorealist vignette set in a seemingly empty (and beautiful) black-and-white New York City.Scorsese’s brand is a great match for the Italian fashion company, as Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have built their brand on similar Sicilian and Catholic roots. While Scorsese maintains that the project had “always been inspired by the black-and-white neorealist Italian cinema of the early 1960s,” McConaughey was a little more blunt about the investment.I like the financial aspect of the relationship. I don’t want to work with a brand I don’t believe in, that I don’t care about. But I like that it’s a good give-and-take and I get a nice pay cheque – that’s very good for me and helps me live my life. — Matthew McConaughey via Telegraph UK4. Ridley Scott: AppleArguably regarded as the greatest commercial of all time, Steve Jobs and an upstart Apple Computers hired Scott to help take the world by storm during the 1984 Super Bowl. The spot, an homage to George Orwell’s novel 1984, was a shot at Apple’s chief competitors IBM and served as the flashpoint to Apple’s emergence on the personal computer scene. In a behind-the-scenes featurette on the commercial, Scott talks about how he’d always viewed commercials as films. Not even Academy Award-winning directors are above the commercial paycheck now and then. Here are seven of the best commercials that were directed by famous directors.Chances are that many of your favorite famous directors have made mainstream television commercials that you’ve seen hundreds of times before. You may not have realized it, as television commercials don’t laud their writers, directors, and stars the same way as major motion pictures. However, some of the biggest names in Hollywood have all taken commercial gigs to help companies sell their products to the masses.Once a director becomes big enough to have a signature style, that style (along with the director attached to it) becomes a commodity of its own. As we’ve seen in the recent release of H&M’s new Wes Anderson-produced commercial short film Come Together, brands are keenly aware of how to translate a director’s name and style to sell a product.Commercials are a big part of the video production industry, so if you’re currently in (or considering) a career in film and video, commercials can be a great way to build your brand’s worth and make a quick buck. Here are some of the best examples of how some famous directors have successfully cashed in.1. Spike Jonze: IkeaThe ingenuitous (Editor’s note: yes, apparently, that is a word) Spike Jonze rose to fame in the 1990s with a kinetic DIY-skateboarding aesthetic which was perfect for music videos and commercials. Perhaps directing one of the most famous (ultimately unaired) commercials for Gap, he was able to touch heartstrings in audiences with his 2002 commercial for Ikea (above) before ultimately reaffirming his commercial vitality with his recent long-form ad for KENZO World (below). 5. Steven Spielberg: British PetroleumAs you can see, even the most successful directors are not above lending their talents for the right price. Perhaps the best case in point could be Steven Spielberg shilling for BP back in 1994. The video is squarely in the vintage Spielberg adventure model and even includes effects done by ILM and music composed by John Williams.6. Spike Lee: NikePerhaps regarded as Spike Lee’s most iconic contribution to pop culture at large, his 1991 Is It the Shoes? commercial helped catapult Michael Jordan and Nike’s brands into mainstream success (along with Spike Lee’s as well).The commercial was the birth of a series of “Mars Blackmon” spots which Nike would revisit with Spike Lee for years to come. It also squarely tethered Spike Lee’s likeness and directorial style with the NBA and hip hop culture for the rest of his career.7. David Lynch:Playstation 2Probably the self-branded weirdest of the bunch, David Lynch’s campaign of commercials for Sony’s launch of the Playstation 2 back in 2000 stands out for… well… it’s weirdness. The black-and-white spots played before movies in theaters and included several Lynchian icons such as shadowy hidden rooms with odd talking characters. You can watch a behind-the-scenes feature on the making of the campaign below. What’s your favorite famous director commercial? Let us know in the comments!
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MOST READ Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors instructs his team against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half in Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPThere’s still no reason to think that a fourth consecutive NBA Finals matchup between Golden State and Cleveland cannot happen, even though both teams have been often less than razor-sharp to start this season.Warriors coach Steve Kerr, frankly, isn’t surprised by some early struggles.ADVERTISEMENT Westbrook claims bragging rights in marquee matchup Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Parity, anyone?For the first time since 1968-69, no team started 6-1 or 7-0. The best seven-game start in the NBA this season was 5-2.The last time that happened, the league’s 14 teams included ones in Cincinnati, Baltimore, San Diego and Seattle — and Bill Russell was busy leading the Boston Celtics to their 11th championship in 13 years.So while plans of going 82-0 went out the window early this season, so did fears of going 0-82: For the first time since 2010-11, no team started 0-7.LEBRON MILESTONESLeBron James is coming up on a pair of milestone moments.The Cleveland star is 41 points away from 29,000 in his career going into Wednesday night’s home game against Indiana. He’ll be the seventh NBA player to score that many, and — as he’s been for countless other milestones in his career — he’s on pace to be the youngest to reach that mark.And Friday could be the night where he records his 800th consecutive regular-season game of scoring at least 10 points. The last time James didn’t score 10 in a regular-season game was Jan. 5, 2007 in Milwaukee, where he scored only eight on 3-for-13 shooting.He has been held to single-digits in the postseason during that span, most recently when he scored seven at Indiana on May 28, 2014.THE WEEK AHEAD Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Golden State has had uncharacteristic issues with turnovers and defense to start this season — though the Warriors started to look like themselves again in a 141-113 romp past the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night. Cleveland has dealt with defensive lapses as well, and the Cavaliers went into LeBron James’ annual Halloween party this week on a three-game losing streak.Kerr has seen this before. He played for the Chicago Bulls in 1997-98, part of a team that was coming off two straight titles but started just 8-7.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Everybody was fried,” Kerr said.Those Bulls figured things out, eventually finishing off a repeat threepeat by getting their sixth title in eight seasons. And Kerr has no doubt that whatever’s been plaguing the Warriors and Cavaliers in October will be long forgotten when the playoffs start in April. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “It’s not easy,” Kerr said. “I think that’s the hardest thing probably for people to understand, fans, media, whoever — whomever, my mom would want me to say — is the fatigue, the emotional and spiritual fatigue that sets in when you’ve been going to The Finals. That’s why LeBron going to The Finals seven years in a row, to me, is one of the most amazing accomplishments ever for a player in this league.”For all the talent in the Warriors’ lineup, players still take their cues from Kerr.And since he wasn’t panicking after a 4-3 start to this season, neither were they. Scoring 141 points on the Clippers’ home floor Monday night was the clear reminder that the Warriors are still the Warriors.“Not to sound arrogant, but we knew it was coming,” two-time MVP Stephen Curry said of the breakout night by the reigning champions.ODD STARTADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding A look at some of the games to keep an eye on in the coming days:— Orlando at Memphis, Wednesday: Two of the best surprise stories in the NBA so far.— Golden State at San Antonio, Thursday: Until proven otherwise, the standards in West.— Brooklyn at L.A. Lakers, Friday: Brook Lopez goes against the Nets for the first time.— Oklahoma City at Portland, Sunday: Last time they played, Russell Westbrook scored 58.— Milwaukee at Cleveland, Tuesday: Giannis Antetokounmpo faces off with LeBron James.STAT LINE OF THE WEEKDeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans: He had 41 points, 23 rebounds and six assists in his return to Sacramento on Oct. 26. It was the first time any NBA player finished a game with that many points, rebounds and assists since Joe Barry Carroll in 1987. View comments
Newcastle legend Shearer: Almiron has no confidence whatsoeverby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveToon legend Alan Shearer was unimpressed by Newcastle United’s performance in their 0-0 draw with Brighton.United had chances to win but they had far inferior possession statistics and were indebted to Fabian Schar for keeping out Aaron Mooy’s shot. Even the late introduction of Andy Carroll to attempt to spark the team into life didn’t work. Analysing the match, Shearer said of his former side: “You can see why both of these teams are struggling to score. I thought it was a poor game. Brighton were the better team, Newcastle were really poor.“But still had two very, very good chances they should have scored from. The first one Almiron had no confidence whatsoever. I never fancied him to score. He desperately needs a goal, still hasn’t scored.“And then Joelinton finds himself eight yards out and with a free header (from a corner). He should score.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
APTN National NewsThe body of Krystal Andrews was found on God’s Lake First Nation in Manitoba earlier this week.A vigil for the 23-year-old mother was held in Winnipeg Thursday night.APTN’s Matt Thordarson has the story.
MONTREAL – HNZ Group reported a $6.4 million third-quarter net profit Monday, which was nearly four times higher than a year ago.The Montreal-based helicopter services company (TSX:HNZ) said its net income amounted to 50 cents per share, including discontinued operations.Net income from continuing operations, attributable to common shareholders, was $6.3 million or 49 cents per share.Those compared with $1.7 million or 13 cents per share of net income including discontinued operations and $2.3 million or 18 cents per share from continuing operations in the third quarter of 2016.Revenue grew to $72 million from $54.7 million of revenue, attributed to new contracts including a multi-year deal to support ExxonMobil Canada and Encana Corp.’s activities offshore Nova Scotia.HNZ’s chief executive recently proposed buying the company and then selling some of its offshore operations in the southern hemisphere to PHI Inc., subject to shareholder and other approvals.HNZ’s operations in Canada, the United States and Antarctica would remain with the company under the leadership of chief executive Don Wall.
GENOA, Italy – Italy’s president demanded guarantees Saturday that all the nation’s roads are safe following the Genoa highway bridge collapse, after he hugged and comforted mourners at a state funeral in the grieving port city.President Sergio Mattarella spoke quietly to victims’ families before the ceremony began on Genoa’s fairgrounds. Usually reserved in demeanour, Mattarella was embraced tightly for a long moment by one distraught woman.He then took his place with other Italian leaders, including Premier Giuseppe Conte and the transportation minister, in the packed yet cavernous hall.Afterward, Mattarella called the funeral, which took place on a day of national mourning, “a moment of grief, shared grief, by all of Italy.”One mourner, a local man who would only give his first name, Alessandro, held a placard that read: “In Italy, we prefer ribbon-cuttings to maintenance” — referring to the country’s dilapidated infrastructure.“These are mistakes that keep on repeating. And now, for the umpteenth time, angels have flown into heaven and paid for the mistakes of other human beings,” Alessandro said.As the city honoured its dead, the toll from Tuesday’s bridge collapse rose unofficially Saturday to 43 with the discovery of four more bodies in the rubble and the death in the hospital of the most severely injured survivor.Firefighter Stefano Zanut told Sky TG24 TV they had extracted from tons of broken concrete the crushed car that an Italian couple on vacation with their 9-year-old daughter had been travelling in.Zanut said the last body pulled out of the wreckage was that of a young Italian man, an employee of Genoa’s trash company, who was working under the bridge when it collapsed. The man’s mother had refused to leave a tent set up a few hundred yards away from the rubble until his body was found.RAI state radio said authorities now believe there are no more missing in the tragedy.Later, San Martino Hospital said a Romanian truck driver who had suffered severe cranial and chest injuries in the bridge collapse died Saturday evening.The families of 19 victims their loved ones’ coffins brought to the hall for the funeral Mass led by Genoa’s archbishop, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, who said the tragedy “gashed the heart of Genoa.”“The initial disbelief and then the growing dimension of the catastrophe, the general bewilderment, the tumult of emotions, the pressing “Whys?” have touched us yet again and in a brutal way showed the inexorable fragility of the human condition,” he said.Among the coffins were those of two young Albanian Muslim men who lived and worked in Italy. Their remains were blessed at the end of the Catholic service by a Genoa imam, who drew applause when he prayed for God to “protect Italy and all Italians.”Players and managers from the city’s two major league soccer teams, Genoa and Sampdoria, also attended after their weekend matches were postponed out of respect for the dead.At other bridge funerals on Friday, angry mourners blamed authorities of negligence and incompetence for failing to keep the bridge safe.During the state funeral, applause rang out and many fought back tears Saturday as a prelate read out the first names of some 30 victims who have been identified. The mourners also applauded Italian firefighters, police and volunteers for the civil protection department as they arrived.Mattarella toured what’s left of the Morandi Bridge, which broke apart in a fierce rainstorm, sending a long stretch of roadbed crashing 45 metres (150 feet) into a dry river bed near several apartment buildings. Those buildings have been evacuated and authorities say they will have to be demolished.After the funeral, Mattarella told reporters the bridge collapse “is an unacceptable tragedy.” He demanded that “responsibility be ascertained with rigour” for the collapse of the bridge, which linked two major highways, one leading to Milan and the other toward France.Prosecutors say they are focusing their probe on possible design flaws or inadequate maintenance of the highway bridge, which was completed in 1967.“I, too, have travelled over this bridge many times,” said Mattarella, demanding that authorities commit to carrying out their “duty to guarantee the safety of our roads.”Responding to harsh criticism, the Italian highway company in charge of the collapsed bridge offered Saturday to build a new bridge in eight months.Giovanni Castellucci, CEO of Autostrade per l’Italia, the company that manages Italian highways and bridges, told reporters it has a plan to demolish what’s left of the largely concrete 51-year-old Morandi Bridge and build a “less imposing” steel one.Italy’s government, however, has begun procedures to revoke the company’s concession and has vowed that Autostrade per l’Italia will never again run the nation’s roads.Castellucci declined to talk about the government’s stance. He said even though the cause of Tuesday’s bridge collapse hasn’t been determined “we apologize” since “perceptions count.”Castellucci also said the company would provide funds to help the hundreds of people evacuated from apartment buildings in the shadow of the bridge.But the Italy’s new populist government quickly spurned both the offer of help and the apology.“Let’s be very clear, the state won’t take charity from Autostrade,” Deputy Premier Luigi Di Maio, who attended the funeral, said in a Facebook post. “We’ll insist on credible reimbursement, and there won’t be any bartering. The only road the government will follow is that of going forward with revocation procedures.”At the state funeral, the names of the dead were placed on each coffin before the altar. Photographs, flowers and on one coffin a signed sports jersey, a sports trophy and a stuffed animal added personal touches.Players from a local team in Italy’s Serie D soccer, Campi Corniglianese, came to pay tribute to one of their own. Among the two Albanian dead was Marius Djerri, 22, who played for the team and was on his way to work for a cleaning company along with his compatriot when their truck plunged into the abyss.“(Marius was) a golden boy. Maybe not the strongest player on the pitch, but as a person, I would like all players to be like him,” team president Augustus Pintus said.___D’Emilio reported from Rome.___Frances D’Emilio is on twitter at www.twitter.com/fdemilio
NEW YORK — Tesla CEO Elon Musk dismissed the idea that the company’s new chairwoman can exert control over his behaviour.Robyn Denholm, an Australian telecommunications executive, was appointed chairwoman of Tesla’s board last month, replacing Musk as part of as part of a securities fraud settlement with U.S. government regulators.But Musk said “it’s not realistic” to expect Denholm to watch over his actions because he remains the electric car company’s largest shareholder.“It’s not realistic in the sense that I am the largest shareholder in the company,” Musk said in an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes,” broadcast Sunday evening. “I can just call for a shareholder vote and get anything done that I want.”Musk, who owns about 20 per cent of Tesla, gave up the chairman role under a settlement with the Securities Exchange Commission, which had charged the CEO with misleading investors in August with a tweet that said he had “funding secured” for taking the company private.The SEC settlement also required the company to vet Musk’s tweets and other comments about the company before they are released to the public. Musk also shrugged off that provision, saying none of his tweets have been censored so far and the company does not review his posts to determine beforehand whether they could potentially affect the company’s stock price.“I guess we might make some mistakes. Who knows?” Musk said.Denholm’s appointment in November drew a mixed response from corporate governance experts, who praised her financial expertise but questioned her ability to carve out an independent path for a board that has been dominated by Musk.Denholm has been on Tesla’s board for five years. She is the chief financial officer and strategy head at Telstra Corp. Ltd., Australia’s largest telecommunications company, but will step down from that company after a six-month notice period and work at Tesla full-time.Musk told “60 Minutes” interviewer Lesley Stahl that he had hand-picked Denholm.The SEC settlement would allow Musk to return as chairman after three years, subject to shareholder approval. Musk said he would not be interested.“I actually prefer to have no titles at all,” Musk said.The Associated Press
Chennai: The Madras High Court on Monday quashed land acquisition process for the Rs 10,000 crore Salem-Chennai eight-lane green corridor project, holding it required a mega realignment as the proposed route would have an adverse effect on environment.A special bench of Justice T S Sivagnanam and Justice Bhavani Subbarayan passed the order allowing a batch of petitions by 35 land owners and PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss. The bench observed the project would have an adverse effect on the environment, water bodies and it needed a mega realignment. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The court had on December 14, 2018, reserved orders on the batch of petitions, challenging land acquisition proceedings. The ambitious 277.3 km long eight-lane greenfield project connecting Salem and Chennai under the Centre’s ‘Bharatmala Pariyojana’ scheme aims to cut travel time between the two cities by half to about two hours and 15 minutes. However, it has has been facing opposition from a section of locals, including farmers, over fears of losing their land, besides environmentalists who are against felling of trees for it.
OSU coach Thad Matta yells out a play from the sidelines during a game against Michigan on Feb. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: William Kosileski | Lantern PhotographerLast season, the Ohio State men’s basketball team suffered from immaturity, poor play and a lack of accountability. During the offseason, the Buckeyes were focused on righting last season’s wrongs.Posting a 21-14 record last year, an 11-7 conference record couldn’t salvage early season losses to Texas-Arlington, Louisiana Tech and Memphis that paved the way to the National Invitational Tournament.This year, the Buckeyes have been emphasizing unity, and holding each player accountable for his contribution to the team. OSU coach Thad Matta said his unit will be focused on the parts they can play, and not on the talent of one player.“I think this team is going to be a team where guys are going to have roles,” he said. “And they’re going to have to embrace the role. They’re going to have to do their job every time they take the floor.”After struggling to find a rhythm early on, the Buckeyes found a groove in February last season, picking up four straight wins before a matchup against then-No. 6 Michigan State. Before the game, it was announced that then-sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate would miss the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury.The injury hurt the Buckeyes in all aspects of the game, since Tate is known for his scoring and rebounding ability after averaging 11.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in 2015. Lacking his fast-paced style of play, OSU lost two of its next three games, and was blown out in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament by Michigan State, before losing in the NIT.With Tate back and six of the leading scorers from last year’s team returning, Matta said he will be looking for his team to be more grown up as compared with the 2015 season.“It wasn’t what I wanted just in terms of the daily behavior, the daily way we carried ourselves last year,” he said. “The immaturity that we had last season at certain times was something that, hopefully, we learned we can’t have that going into this season because it can really cost us.”Junior forward Keita Bates-Diop was an instrumental player for OSU last season, averaging 11.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Although he contributed on both ends of the court last year, Bates-Diop said he and the rest of the Buckeyes have been focusing on the most minute details of the game that caused problems last year.“It’s the little things … last year was turnovers, free throws and a lot of stuff,” Bates-Diop said. “Just focusing on those things, running and making sure everyone knows the plays, the defensive schemes going into the season is going to be a huge thing for us.”The return of multiple starters has the Buckeyes and the OSU coaching staff eager to get onto the court. Following the conclusion of last season, OSU underwent a slew of transfers, affecting team depth and chemistry.Sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle is the only returning member of the 2015 recruiting class. Redshirt junior guard Kam Williams said the members of the team are hungry to improve their game and have a greater desire to win that was not present last season.“I say, this summer, everybody was eager to learn and everybody was highly motivated,” Williams said. “Obviously the way we finished last season was obviously not where we want to be. Each day, everybody came in with a chip on their shoulder, and we’re just trying to get better and prove people wrong every single day.”Problems with the team last season seemed to grow and fester, resulting in head-scratching losses and blowouts at the hands of Big Ten teams. OSU ranked 68th in opponent points per game, while registering a turnover margin of -1.1.That number put the Buckeyes in a tie for the 260th spot. To put into perspective just how much OSU turned the ball over, the Buckeyes had the third most turnovers on the Big Ten.Williams said issues that plagued the team last year have been addressed this offseason, and Matta and the team will not hesitate to fix any issues that arise.“We know when something is a problem,” Williams said. “We nip it in the bud as soon as we see it. I don’t think we did that last year. I think this team is a lot more mature than last year’s team by far.”The rebooted Buckeyes will get a chance to test their revamped approach against Walsh University in an exhibition game on Nov. 6 at the Schottenstein Center.